Adult Recommendations

Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour & Butter by Kate Lebo

A little afraid of baking pies, rolling out a crust makes you panicky, then let Pie School dissolve your fears.

The step by step instructions are well written and will aspire anyone to be a pie baker.  Great photos with easy instructions, the recipes are grouped seasonally and according to fruit type.  Time-honored classics plus delicious variations are included and with all of the skills/techniques you need in order to make a great pie.

It is berry time in Ohio, let’s roll out a pie!

Dreaming Spies, by Laurie King

Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, return for their thirteenth adventure (which, chronologically speaking, takes place between seventh and eighth books in the series, The Game and Locked Rooms, respectively). On their way from India to San Francisco in 1924, Russell and Holmes encounter a missing woman on a cruise ship and a nobly-born British blackmailer who had previously escaped Holmes. Soon, they’re working with a family of Japanese ninjas to avoid a major embarrassment—and a serious diplomatic incident—for Prince Hirohito, the heir to the empire of Japan.

Witty and well-paced, fans of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes will find much to enjoy in this novel, which fills in a once-missing gap in the adventures of this detective duo. While Dreaming Spies references other incidents in the series, it can easily be read alone.

The Kitchn Cookbook by Sara Kate Gillingham and Faith Durand

If you’ve never checked out Apartment Therapy’s website (http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/), you definitely need to ASAP! It is one of my favorite websites for home design inspiration, tutorials, and daydreaming about possibilities for future living spaces. The Kitchn, their sister website, focuses on delicious, attainable dishes as well as kitchen organization and storage. You can tour some seriously enviable kitchens on their site (http://www.thekitchn.com/).  

Anyway, I was ecstatic to finally get my hands on The Kitchn Cookbook and drool over the delicious recipes and beautiful photographs before trying some out for myself. There’s no shortage of cookbooks with beautiful photography, but I like to rate cookbooks based on the achievability of their recipes. I’m no novice in the kitchen, but there are some recipes that I just don’t have time for (or patience, or, let’s be honest, the money to shell out on super specific ingredients that will take up covetable space in my tiny galley kitchen). The Kitchn Cookbook has great recipes with ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard and spice rack. The recipes are straightforward, concise, and teach you how to set up your space in order to work the most efficiently. Definitely worth checking out if you are a total food geek like me!

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